It could be a hard road to PeopleSoft

The head of J.D. Edwards admits the uncertainty over his company’s future will affect sales of its enterprise resource planning products and services.

“I think there will be opportunities where customers will slow down”
making buying decisions, Bob Dutkowsky, JDE chairman and CEO, told reporters here on the eve of JDE’s annual user group conference.

“But there will also be opportunities where customers will forge ahead.” There’s a cost to a company of waiting until things clear before deciding on a major software purchase, he said.

Although he emphasized that JDE has a “definitive merger” proposal signed with PeopleSoft Inc., Oracle Corp. has thrown doubt with its hostile all-cash offer to buy PeopleSoft. Oracle chair Larry Ellison offered no support for PeopleSoft’s JDE deal, saying it will be reviewed if his offer is accepted by PeopleSoft shareholders.

Dutkowsky slammed the Oracle proposal . . .

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